Pray to Obey {31 Days}

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. – Psalm 51:12

My parents will tell you I was a pretty obedient child. I remember realizing at a very young age that obeying my parents really was the best thing for me. I understood that the things my parents wanted me to do were for my own good and meant to protect me.

But obedience doesn’t seem as black-and-white when you’re an adult trying to figure out what it means to obey God in the midst of infertility. It’s not like He’s given us a list of the Infertility Commandments.

Sometimes we’re not sure what He wants us to do.

And we don’t always have confidence that what He’s asking us to do is in our best interest.

I think this is where prayer comes in. Oswald Chambers gives us this lovely quote:

One great effect of prayer is that it enables the soul to command the body. By obedience I make my body submissive to my soul, but prayer puts my soul in command of my body.

Even when we’re not sure what God is asking us to do, prayer get our souls in the right place to obey when we do hear His voice. Without prayer, it’s much more difficult to hear God’s voice and instruction.

As you pray today, ask God to help you hear His voice and obey it.

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Pray for God’s Glory {31 Days}

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

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I often talk about how sharing your infertility story helps others. No one going through infertility wants anyone else to suffer, but there’s comfort in knowing you’re not the only one going through this experience.

But sharing your story also serves another purpose: glorifying God.

What exactly does that mean?

It means telling others about who is He, what He’s done, and what He will do. It means acknowledging Him as the source of everything good in your life, and as sovereign during the difficult times.

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Some of us glorify God in the midst of our infertility by blogging or writing.

Others glorify God in a more private manner, not sharing their stories on the internet, but in church groups, Bible studies, coffee meetings, family dinners, or lunch dates.

I don’t think the point is how we glorify God, but that we glorify Him. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NLT).

Do you see that phrase? Whatever you do. Allow me the liberty to paraphrase…

So whether you do IVF or IUI… do it all for the glory of God.

So whether you blog or share you story with just one friend… do it all for the glory of God.

So whether you adopt or live a childless life… do it all for the glory of God.

So whether you pursue treatment or pray for a miracle… do it all for the glory of God.

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Infertility is a dark place. So many of our infertility sisters are stuck in places of hopelessness and despair. It’s not wrong to experience these emotions, but God does not want us to stay there indefinitely. If you and I have even the slightest amount of hope, faith, or light we must share it with them and with anyone who knows about our journey.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)

Let’s shine our lights, ladies.

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As you pray today, ask God to help you glorify Him in circumstances and in your decisions.

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Pray for Trust {31 Days}

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Commit everything you do to the Lord; trust Him and He will help you.- Psalm 37:5 (NLT)

There are so many people you have to trust when you’re trying to build your family.

Your doctors.

Your therapist.

Your adoption agency.

Your social worker.

Your financial adviser.

It’s so important to feel like you can trust these people because they play such huge roles in helping you become a parent.

We trust these people so much that we’re willing to put our bodies, our lives, and our hearts on the lines by working with them. If we can give so much trust to imperfect human beings, why is it often so hard to trust God?

Here is a list of what God promises us when we trust Him:

These promises don’t mean that we’ll be spared difficult times. But we can trust that even in the storms, God’s love will carry us through.

As you pray today, ask God to help you put your trust in Him.

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Pray for Your Future Children {31 Days}

31-Days-Prayer-Infertility-500“For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.” – Isaiah 44:3 (NLT)

Praying for our future children can be a tremendous act of faith and trust in God. It’s something we can do regardless of whether children come to us through pregnancy, surrogacy, or adoption.

Many of us have boxes, closets, or rooms full of baby items we’ve collected in anticipation of being a parent one day. Our prayers can be another form of gift-giving to our future children.

What can you pray for your future child? Here are some suggestions:

That they would know God

  • Matthew 19:13-15
  • 2 Timothy 2:10

That they would love His word

  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7
  • Psalm 19:10
  • Psalm 119:97

That they would be confident of who they are in Christ

  • Jeremiah 1:5
  • 1 Peter 2:9
  • 1 John 3:1-2

That they would love and serve others

  • Colossians 3:12
  • 1 Tim 6:18-19

If you’re ready to take a bigger leap of faith, consider books like The Power of a Praying Parent, Praying Circles Around Your Children, or Praying the Scriptures for Your Children to guide you as your pray for your children on an even more regular basis.

As you pray today, ask God to bring to mind other blessings you can be praying over your future children.

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Pray for Wise Decisions {31 Days}

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Have you ever done something without really thinking it through?

I recently did something that was well-intentioned, but not really thought-through. I won’t go into details, but I acted quickly and foolishly, and ended up causing a scene that publicly embarrassed myself and my husband.

Perhaps the situation would’ve been different had I read Proverbs 19:2 before I acted hastily.

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;  haste makes mistakes. (NLT)

When you’re walking down the road of infertility, it can feel like you’re moving at an impossibly slow pace. Time is of the essence- especially if you’re past a certain age. There’s so much waiting. You just want to get to the next treatment or the next cycle.

But Scripture warns us not to be too hasty. We are to seek knowledge, not quick action. In our (good) desire to become parents, we need to take the time to think through our actions and our plans. How will our treatment decisions affect others? Are we making wise choices with our time and our money in our quest for parenthood? Are we honoring God with the decisions we make during this time?

These are tough questions that don’t always have clear answers. But that’s exactly why it’s so important to take the time to pray through them and give good thought to our actions.

As you pray today, ask God to help you avoid the temptation make hasty decisions. Ask Him to give you the knowledge you need to make wise choices regarding your infertility.

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